Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Julep June 2014 Review

Last month, I hypothesized that Julep's numerous, sizable changes are a way for them to help predict how many polishes they need to produce. If everyone upgrades one month and everyone skips the next month, they end up with a gazillion of the least popular polishes that they ultimately need to discount and move.

This month, when I went to order my Julep box, I got further evidence in support of my theory: they sold out of box upgrades. I logged into Julep when I got off of work on the 20th (which is the first day to look at your box), so this wasn't even the end of the box window. They've obviously dramatically cut down on the number of upgrades available, likely because, if they always sell out, they know exactly how much they need to produce.

(Alternative explanation: Julep boxes are pretty expensive. $20 for old subscribers, $24 for new subscribers. Not a lot of people want to add a $55 upgrade on top of that. It's possible that only beauty bloggers, who are kept in business by your sweet, sweet referrals, and thus get upgrades for free, are upgrading on a regular basis. Julep may think they are giving out too much free swag to people who are going to promote them no matter what they do.)

So, I guess I ended up with an "It Girl" box this month.

Here's what I got:


The "bonus" for the month was three PixyStix, because the one thing you need with your nail polish is a mix of sugar and citric acid that reminds you of childhood Halloweens.


In addition, I got the standard three nail polishes that come in every It Girl box.


The colors included:

Savoy, a metallic antique gold.

Phia, a lilac glitterbomb.

Jennine, a teal matte glitter that dries to a sandpapery texture. This was my favorite of the three, since it gives a funky, ocean-inspired look:


Overall, I'm satisfied with my box, but I'm bummed that I did not get a chance to grab the whole collection. However, since there were no products in particular that are hurting my heart to have missed, I'm glad that I know now to be more diligent on the morning of the 20th so that I don't miss out on something I'm actually psyched about.

As always, the code FREEBOX will get you your first box for free. (Pre-pay for 3-months and you can skip shipping costs on your first box, as well.) You can also feed my hunger for more referrals by clicking here.

17 comments:

  1. Seriously? Pixy stix? Isn't it usually a makeup item? Or am I confused since you normally upgrade?

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    1. The bonuses are usually things like that; candy or tiny nail files that come in every box no matter the style, upgrades or level. The better stuff Robyn normally gets in addition to her box, full sized products and additional polishes and the like, are upgrades you pay extra for.

      I'll take Pixi sticks over nameless little hard candies any day, tho

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  2. If you like off-greens, Harlow has some really pretty multicolored shimmer in with the green metallic. I also added on the new top coat despite the absurdity of OXYGEN!!! and it seems to dry super fast. It's also much thinner in consistency than any other topcoat I have tried. But I thought you would be amused -- reading the box it also contains PLATINUM (for strength?) and CAVIAR EXTRACT (for, um, I have no idea but it sure sounds FANCY!) and all I could think was "well thank Bob there is little enough of that it doesn't smell fishy."

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  3. I love the colour of the blue polish :-)

    The candy seems kind of... I don't know, odd. I mean, it's a pretty minimalist candy to get as a bonus, and I'm not sure I can square 'Pixi sticks' with 'It-Girl' in my head. It's a confusing day...

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    1. Maybe because Pixy Stix are sort of like cocaine for children and It girls are known for their hard-partying, coke-snorting ways? This is the only connection I can think of.

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    2. You get the same candy or whatever regardless of box type, Pixy Stix aren't very Boho Glam either ;-)

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  4. Oh I want Jennine. Those 'sandblast' polishes or whatever other trippy name they give them are my jam. They're hell to remove though. Any tips?

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    1. Here's what I do - I use makeup remover pads or cotton balls, peel them/cut them into a size that will wrap around your nail and part of your finger, dip into polish remover and then tape them onto my fingers (around the nails). Or use foil if you prefer, to keep them there. Leave on for like...2-3 minutes, it comes right off afterwards.

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    2. Get a box of those rubber finger tip protectors from the office supply store for about two bucks. Easier than tape or foil, and you can reuse them.

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    3. Try a Zoya Pixie Dust! I find them quite a bit easier to remove than normal glitter bombs and other brand's textured polishes.

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  5. Perhaps you're supposed to mix the Pixie powder with a polish to get an even more interesting texture.

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  6. I've missed you! So glad to see another post!

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  7. Out of curiosity, are you interested in the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bags? I know you have a lot of subscription boxes but you seem to like nail polish and bright colors so it seems like your jam.

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  8. I am really interested in your experience with the new base coat. I got both the base and top coat, painted my nails using both Saturday morning . . . and 4 hours later I ALREADY HAD CHIPS. I'm hoping it was a fluke, but thus far - not impressed.

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    1. Mine lasted totally chip free for the 4-5 days it took for me to get bored with the color with the first use, the second time took 2 days for my right index to chip because it ALWAYS DOES grumble grumble but now after two more days there's only one more chipped nail.

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